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Slave Haven / Burkle Estate Museum

826 N Second St, Memphis, TN 38107 (Downtown)
901-527-3427
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Ranked #14 of 86 attractions in Memphis
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, History Museums
Traveler Description: Slave Haven is the former home of the Burkle family. In 1978, the family revealed that the home had been a stop on the underground railroad in... more »
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North Fort Myers, Florida
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

We visited all the standard attractions in Memphis, but this was the most emotion-packed experience of them all. The three women who led this tour were among the best orators I've ever heard. They described the brutality of slavery in heart-rending detail and with reverence for the brave people who led them to freedom. The tour lasted about two hours,... More

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Harlan, Iowa
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014 via mobile

It was a little hard to find but keep looking as it reminds one of the history of our nation. The. Young lady that sang Swing Low Sweet Chariot has a great voice.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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634 reviews 634 reviews
298 attraction reviews
181 helpful votes 181 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

My friend and I visited this place last week, and I really gleaned a lot of information from the tour and the artifacts in the house. I also appreciated that there was no white-bashing, as I've experienced in similar museums. The staff were friendly, images were moving, and I learned a lot about languages slaves would use to communicate--quilts, drums,... More

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Nanjing, China
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

This unassuming home, not far from the banks of the Mississippi, provides a poignant history of a dark time in the South.

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Dallas, Texas
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128 reviews 128 reviews
45 attraction reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

The Burkle estate is a small house that is in not in the best condition, but don't let this dissuade you from taking the tour. Our tour guide was a wonderful source of what life was life during this time. She explained how the slaves would come to the house for safekeeping as they tried to make their way to... More

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

This place is a must see. My family and I recently visited Slave Haven and it was informative, enlightening . Every one of the presenters was very knowledgeable , skillful and very good at imparting the education and interacting with the crowd. We left there so thankful that we had went there. There is some rich and important history they... More

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Kansas City, Missouri
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

This is a must do when in Memphis. The tour guides are very very knowledgeable and our group of 45 learned so much from them that we didn't know about slavery. You don't learn this stuff in high school like you should but we were so glad we received an education like no other. The house is in very good... More

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Dallas, Texas
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

This really is a good place to take your kids for Black History month! The underground holding area for slaves made me cry.

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Matteson, Illinois
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37 reviews 37 reviews
12 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

My family and I loved this estate and it still has where the slaves entered the house (the trap door under the house). The don't allow you to take pictures at the museum but your memories will last a life time. For all ages, my 7 year old and 19 year old loved it.

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Appleton, Wisconsin
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

My husband and I visited during a Saturday afternoon and the place was busy! There are three portions of the tour - the history of the slave trade, Underground Railroad communication (the meaning behind music, songs, and quilts), and a home tour. Despite the crowd we were able to get all of our questions answered - they even had an... More

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